Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Grade: A+ (100%)
- Candidate Name: Ken Prince
- Your Municipality: White City
- Elected office for which you are running: Water Board Trustee
Question 1: Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?
Question 2: Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that have had an impact on your life?
3b // Optional, explain your experience.
As both a past elected official and a private citizen, I have seen the value of raising public dollars to enhance the lives our children as well as adults through the enjoyment of the Arts.
Question 3: Do you support public funding for city and county arts councils who then re-grant that money to local arts and humanities organizations?
3b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Local interests vary from City to City. Those who have the opportunity of knowing the interest of their citizenry make better use of the dollars.
Question 4: Do you support Percent for Art programs, which designate 1% of public building costs for public art that are included within that building? Currently, only 8 Utah municipalities have such a program.
4b // Optional, explain why or why not.
This is an essential way for government to be a partner with the Arts.
Question 5: Do you support having a Percent-for-Art program in your own municipality?
5b // Optional, explain why or why not.
The Arts increase the enjoyment of a community.
Question 6: Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?
6b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Having the arts available gives the community more favorability to those seeking to relocate their families.
Question 7: 32 municipalities have a RAP (recreation, arts, and parks) type tax to help support cultural organizations in their communities. Would you support a RAP type tax such as this in your own municipality? If your municipality already has such a local option sales RAP-type sales tax and you support it, answer yes.
7b // Optional, explain your experience.
Recreation, arts and Parks add jobs and attract families and businesses.
Question 8: Municipalities can facilitate partnerships between cultural organizations and the local tourism sector to boost the local economy. Do you support this? Optional, explain why or why not.
8b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Excellent use of already existing entities.
Question 9: Municipal governments can create Cultural Districts - with or without tax incentives. Governments sometimes fund these via bed or tourism taxes within the Cultural District boundaries, but it can be done within municipal budgets fairly cheaply. Is this something you would support?
9b // Optional, explain why or why not.
When surplus funds are available, best use would be to sustain the Arts and tourism.